YUVA School Life Skills Programme
"You must be the change you want to see in the world"
- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
All children in Delhi shall receive learning that helps them to be happy, responsible, healthy and productive citizens.
Adolescents-the population in the age group of 10-19 years-constitute more than one-fifth of the population of our country. Adolescents in India live in diverse circumstances and have diverse needs and rights. Along with their need to be educated, healthy and skillful, they need, and have rights to adequate nutrition, to live in a safe and supportive environment, have opportunities to reach their optimal potential and generally lead healthy, joyful and fulfilling lives so that they can be productive and well adjusted citizens of tomorrow. Children in our country face many challenges. Many of them are first generation learners and face myriad problems throughout their schooling. They, due to the socio-economic and cultural determinants may be vulnerable in many ways. Peer pressure and lack of positive role models may prompt them to make unsafe and unhealthy choices. Anxiety and depression amongst the students, to the point of turning them suicidal, have been a cause of concern in the recent past. Girls are more vulnerable and face discrimination at many levels from being unwelcome since birth to being pulled out of school for a variety of reasons. Dropping out of school, low motivation for academics and general disinterest in sports and physical activities too are some of the problems that need to be addressed. Child malnutrition is rampant in most parts of the country. Up to 89% of girls and 67% of boys are found to be anaemic, and up to 1/4th are stunted, in some parts of the country. This has an adverse bearing on their cognitive capacities, learning performance and physical capacity. The various issues and the "needs" of the children are not only important for the individual or the family but also impact the national economic, social, and public health indicators adversely.